"forth into the sunny day was thrust the face of Mistress Hibbins, Governor Bellingham's bitter-tempered sister"
An exemplary portrayal of a crone-like witch
Creative Commons AttributionAn exemplary portrayal of a crone-like witch - Credit: John Hamilton Mortimer

Though history does not bequeath us any portraits of Ann Hibbins, Hawthorne's illustrators, including Hugh Thomson and Frederick C. Gordon, favor her with all the traditional features of a witch. This personage is memorably described in Samuel Harsnett's Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures (1603) as “an olde weather-beaten Croane, hauing her chinne, & her knees meeting for age, walking like a bow leaning on a shaft, hollow eyed, vntoothed, furrowed on her face, hauing her lips trembling with the palsie, going mumbling in the streetes.”

Illustration from the 1893 edition
Public DomainIllustration from the 1893 edition - Credit: Frederick C. Gordon
Illustration from the 1920 edition (detail)
Public DomainIllustration from the 1920 edition (detail) - Credit: Hugh Thomson